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October 27, 2006


Spidrons are polygonal spirals that fit together and fold up in intricate and beautiful ways. Science News has a story explaining their construction and their history back to a Budapest printing house. Oh but where are the animations? Interactive software?

thanks Mark L.

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October 18, 2006

Piksel and Fjord

I was honored to attend Piksel, an annual conference devoted to hacking, software, pixels, and art. It runs for most of a week in Bergen on the west coast of Norway. The conference includes technical presentations, an art exhibition, audiovisual performances, and lots of drinking and smoking. Afterwards I took a day-trip out to see the famous fjords.

The gallery.

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HiFiDreeams at SFLNC at Supperclub

The Dreams in High Fidelity will be exhibited at this benefit dinner tonight:

Hey San Francisco!

I hope that you can join us T ODAY to celebrate the truly amazing entertainment community we have in San Francisco and support the Late Night Coalition. The party is Wednesday October 18, 2006 at SupperClub located on 657 Harrison Street between 2nd and 3rd Streets in San Francisco. D irections at

Cocktails begin at 7 with dinner seating until 8. If you can't make the dinner, join us for the after-party from 11pm-2am . And, of course, if you can't make it at all, we will be sad to miss you but you can donate to the great work of the SFLNC by going to and clicking on donate.

Guest Speakers: California State Assembly Member Mark Leno, SF Supervisor Fiona Ma & SF Supervisor Chris Daly

Live Entertainment all night featuring: Kerri Kresinski, Marisa Lenhardt, Members of Xeno, Kitten on the Keys, Kepi & Kat, Miranda Caroligne!

Astounding Sights and Sounds provided by: Spot Draves and VJ III DJ s: PussPuss, Ellen Ferrato, Adnan, Smoove, Laird, JT Donaldson and M3

Master chef Jon Stevens and his team serve up five light courses inspired by French and Italian techniques, each cleverly and most beautifully composed to please your palate.

Reserve your spot today - $250.00 per person includes complimentary wine.

After-dinner 11pm-2am Event is just $5-$10 sliding scale! ...for some of the hottest DJs and people SF has to offer!!!

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October 05, 2006


Next week I'm headed to Bergen Norway to speak about the Sheep at this conference:
 - Hardware Politics -

 festival for free / libre and open source audiovisual SW, HW and ART.
 12 -15 october 2006 in Bergen, Norway.
70 participants from 20 countries gather in Bergen for 4 days of exchanging 
art, code and ideas based on practical implementations of free culture.

Piksel is an annual event for artists and developers working with free and 
open source audiovisual software. Part workshop, part festival, it is 
organised in Bergen, Norway, by the Bergen Centre for Electronic Arts (BEK) 
and involves participants from more than a dozen countries exchanging 
ideas, coding, presenting art and software projects, doing workshops, 
performances and discussions on the aesthetics and politics of free and open 
source software. 

The theme of Piksel06 - 'hardware politics' - brings in open hardware as a new 
focus area of vital importance in the fight for freedom of information and 
independent artistic expression in the digital domain.


WORKSHOPS @ Teknikerkroen --

Go Forth! - build your own cheap synth from scratch
LiveCoding using Fluxus
CircuitBending audio toys
Chaos Micromedias project
Howto build suneaters (solar-panel bots)

SEMINAR @ Cinemateket, USF --

xxxxx_at_piksel, 13-14 October, Cinemateket USF

Two days of seminar, discussion and highly practical interrogation of
expanded software and the impact of the executable on necessarily open
hardware as a political act.

EXHIBITION @ Hordaland Kunstsenter --

Damaged Goods, exhibition @ 13-29 October, Hordaland Kunstsenter

HARDDISKO, ShockBot, Very Slow Scan TV, OverheadBots, MyArtpiece, Magnetic 
Identity Liberation Front, Drawing by numbers, Association of experimental 
electronics, The ball in the hole, project289, Frida V

 -- 'army of darkness', Gullibloon, live @ opening oct. 13 --

LIVE PERFORMANCES @ Teknikerkroen & Cinemateket, USF --

Whitehouse, NANOFAMAS, Laase Marhaug, Daniel Skoglund, 5VOLTCORE, EMI Project, 
Audun Eriksen, elpueblodechina & d.R.e.G.S., Slick Lister, Dave Griffiths, 
Marloes de Valk, Aymeric Mansoux, Tom Schouten, bL0bJ0b, Malte Steiner, RAM 
microsystems, Chun Lee, Gisle Fr°ysland, Cooking Pure Data,

PRESENTATIONS @ Teknikerkroen & Cinemateket, USF --

PulseCode, Open Movie Editor, FLOSS Manuals, Electric Sheep, GEGL & babl, 
DesireData,  NamShub ,  Emulating Early Video Synthesizers with Pure Data, 
KeyWorx/live, The PureData Documentation Project, Mirra, Pure:Dyne, MakeArt, 
Really Free Movie Exhibition, Cinema Solubile


more info and complete programme:
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October 01, 2006

Volumetric Fractal rendered on Sun Grid

Don Casteel has implemented a volumetric fractal IFS renderer that runs on Sun's Grid Compute Utility. Resolution was 128x128x128 voxels, then ray traced at 480x360 pixels and one ray per pixel. It took 13 CPU hours, 3 real-time to render.

This isn't the first 3D IFS program (i did one in 1990) and certainly not the prettiest (see XenoDream and Chaoscope) but as far as i know it is the first to handle transparency and occlusion. Congratulations Don, very promising work!

Update: Don has made another, better animation with his software, see it here.

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